Africa records 700 000 Covid-19 cases

Africa’s case load has crossed the 700,000 mark as of today. Half of the cases are recorded in South Africa where there are over 350,000 confirmed cases.

As of last friday (July 17), the WHO Africa region reported that there had been a 27% increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region.

10 countries account for 88% (440,672) of all reported COVID19 cases in the African Region: South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Senegal, Ethiopia & DRC, a WHO Africa situation report noted.

“Sub-Saharan Africa hosts more than 26% of the world’s refugees and around 19 million internally displaced people. It is in the interest of peace, international security and equity that all countries & partners do more to help these vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis,” the WHO regional director Matshidiso Moeti said.

Major African stats: July 19 at 9:00 GMT:

Confirmed cases = 702,663
Active cases = 320,055
Recoveries = 367,652
Number of deaths = 14,956

The five most impacted countries are as follows:

South Africa = 350,879
Egypt = 87,172
Nigeria = 36,107
Ghana = 27,060
Algeria = 22,549

— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) July 19, 2020″

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